10 Surprising Cover Songs
You won't believe who sings what
First, Jessica Lange covers Bowie on American Horror Story. Then Bette Midler belts TLC’s "Waterfalls" on The Tonight Show. Naturally, we had to revisit some of the oddest and raddest covers in recent history. Check out Lange, Midler and the rest of the bunch--which includes everything from the commanding to campy--here.
Bette Midler torches TLC
On her new album It's the Girls, which is an ode to girl groups, Midler turns TLC's 1995 R & B hit "Waterfalls" into a heartrending ballad.
Jessica Lange covers David Bowie
Lange, who plays a circus performer on the current season of American Horror Story, brings down the house with her rendition of Bowie's 1971 glam rock mainstay "Life on Mars."
Gwyneth Paltrow warbles Stevie Nicks
The actress's recurring role on Glee yielded this country-tinged version of "Landslide."
William Shatner "sings" Elton John
You have to wait until the 50-second mark in this rare clip, but it's worth it to see Captain Kirk's performative reading of "Rocket Man." (See also: a spoof of Shatner’s "singing" by Stewie on Family Guy.)
The Muppets rock Queen
The whole troupe (with Miss Piggy getting the last word, of course) immortalizes the indelible rock opera, "Bohemian Rhapsody."
Johnny Cash croons Nine Inch Nails
In the early 1990s, music impresario Rick Rubin convinced Cash, aging and in poor health, to cover some contemporary rock songs. His rendition of "Hurt" became a hit, and one of Time magazine’s all-time top videos.
Miley Cyrus covers Bob Dylan
A Hannah Montana-era Cyrus sang this ditty from 1975's Blood on the Tracks.
Jack White performs Dolly Parton
The White Stripes singer leaves the gender pronouns just as Dolly wrote them in "Jolene," a wrenching plea by the singer for a temptress to leave her man alone.
Tori Amos does Nirvana
Allegedly, Courtney and Kurt used to dance around their house in the morning to Amos's version of the hit "Smells Like Teen Spirit."
The President sings Al Green
His party may have lost Congress in the midterms, but Barack Obama will always have our hearts thanks to this impromptu "I'm Still in Love with You."